Archive for February 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Part 5: How well do you know your pastors?

Question #5: Which pastor's wife thought, "He's too preppy for me," when she first met her future husband?




Answer:  Mrs. Angie Maxim! 


Yep.  Believe it or not, Jamie used to TUCK IN his shirt...EVERY single day.  TUCK IN, my friends.  Even his t-shirts.  Wow.  What more can we say about that?


And Jessy, you are so right.  When I first met Josh, I had a lot to say about him but none of it was about his clothes. :)  Everything about him was wonderful and perfect and exactly what I had been waiting for. I loved his style then and I love it now!  (Although, I really liked his sweater vests and I miss those.  It gave him sort of a "professorish" look.)


Question #6:  Which pastor was recently told by a barista at Starbucks, "You could totally open your own coffee shop if pastoring doesn't work out."  


(Let me hear your guess and a little about why you chose who you did!)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Part 4: How well do you know your pastors?

Question #4:  Can you recognize your pastor by his shoes? (post your answers from top shoe to bottom shoe) 



Answer: Tab, Jamie, Josh!  ("WorkBoot Pastor" was pretty obvious but it was fun to hear your guesses for the other two!)


Here's the next question.  Post your answers below!


Question #5: Which pastor's wife thought, "He's too preppy for me," when she first met her future husband?

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Part 3: How well do you know your pastors?

Question #3:  Which pastor or pastor's wife was gazing admiringly at a snow drift when a stranger briskly asked, "What are you?? From California or something?"






































Answer:  This Iowa native, of course!  Sorry everyone, it's not my husband. He tries to avoid snowdrifts and pretends they aren't there. I, on the other hand, LOVE snow and can't not gaze at it. :)

Now, I know you're gonna love this next question!

Question #4:  Can you recognize your pastor by his shoes? (post your answers from top shoe to bottom shoe)

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Part 2: How well do you know your pastors?

Question #2:  Which pastor's wife once asked her husband, "Honey, is it ok if I make fun of you?" before proceeding to slam him?






































Answer: Sung (That was an easy one, right?  You all know that I'm far too bratty to ASK before slamming my husband. And Angie is definitely sweet but there's no one quite like our beloved Sung.)

Question #3:  Which pastor or pastor's wife was gazing admiringly at a snow drift when a stranger briskly asked, "What are you?? From California or something?"

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

How well do you know your pastors?

I hear funny things sometimes about what people perceive that pastors (and their wives for that matter) are really like.  For example, once I shared with some ladies about how I had gotten angry with my kids and wanted prayer.  One woman said, "Oh wow!  I always thought that a pastor's wife didn't struggle with sin."  I almost fell on the floor in shock.  Wouldn't that just be awesome?  Women everywhere would be knocking down seminary doors begging men to marry them.  (Isn't that a funny picture to think about?!  It makes me laugh just to imagine it.)

Then there are those who think that my husband only listens to classical hymns...because he's a pastor of course.  Or that we are perfect parents and our kids never disobey...because my husband is a pastor of course.  Let me burst the "pastor and pastor's wife as unhuman" bubble wide open.  We are just people like everyone else. :)  Those of you who have gotten to know us even a little bit are all too familiar with how human we really are.  There's nothing close to perfection going on here.  If anything, we're probably just a lot more weird than you think.  Weird?  Yes.  Perfect? No.

So over the next couple days I'll be testing your knowledge.  How well do you really know your sgc pastors and their wives?  Are we really who you think we are?

Question One:  Which pastor can consume unreal quantities of food at Sweet Tomatoes?






































Answer:  If you guessed Jamie, you're right.  15 plates to be exact during this meal.  This apparently is nothing unusual for Jamie when he eats here.  Don't ya love how Angie just looks on and smiles?

Question #2:  Which pastor's wife once asked her husband, "Honey, is it ok if I make fun of you?" before proceeding to slam him?

Answer to be revealed tomorrow!

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Friday, February 11, 2011

How can we afford to adopt?


Adoption is expensive-really, really, really expensive when you look at it as a huge sum of money.  We don’t currently have the $30,000-$35,000 in our pockets that it will take to bring our sweet baby home.  At least once a month I hear from someone who tells me they’ve thought about adopting but simply could never afford it.  Let me just get it out there from the beginning: adoption is crazy expensive.  That is a sad but real truth.

We do not have the resources to give a child a family. We’re not pursuing this because we have tons of money saved up or because we have a large income according to American standards.  In fact, we don’t have all the money it will take to make an orphan our son or daughter.  We don’t have the resources, but God does.
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.”  Hagai 2:8
We don’t have all of the money right now, but any money that we do have doesn’t really belong to us anyway.  All of it is His. One night early on in the “praying about maybe adopting” season, I woke up and had a couple of clear impressions from the Lord.  The first was that I felt Him whisper to my heart, “I will give.”  Not long after, I had this picture come to mind of a huge burlap bag up in the sky filled with coins that was getting poured out over our heads.  All of the money belongs to the Lord!  All impressions aside, His Word confirms this truth.
We don’t have any confidence in our ability to save enough or raise enough money to make this adoption happen.  Our confidence is in the God who owns all the gold and silver and can do with it as He pleases.  If He’s called us to adopt, we can rest knowing that He will somehow provide the funds.  If He is calling you to adopt, you can rest assured that He will provide for you, too!

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